PS3 firmware fix for bricked systems will arrive 27 June

Some PS3 users who downloaded Sony's recent 4.45 firmware update apparently discovered that it locked up - or bricked- their systems, forcing the console to stall at start-up, but now PlayStation Europe has alerted them that a fix is coming on 27 June.

Although Sony confirmed the issue and removed 4.45 earlier this week, PlayStation Europe's Twitter account on Friday announced that it was also aware, via the following tweet: "We have identified the issue related to PS3 software update (4.45) that impacted a small number of PS3 systems earlier this week." 

The same account further tweeted that a new system software update, which would resolve the issue, is "planned to be released on June 27". PlayStation US verified the new firmware update would also arrive in North America on the same date, according to Engadget.

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It is unknown how many PS3 consoles the 4.45 firmware update affected, but Sony has alleged on Twitter that it was not a widespread problem.